Bringing the Monkey Puzzle tree to Europe – The true story

David Gedye

East of England
Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Paid: £50
15th March 2018
Trees | Gardening | Pinetum

During research into my forebear’s involvement with the Monkey Puzzle tree, I came to realise that much that had been written about the trees introduction into the British Isles was both misleading and inaccurate. In this illustrated talk I outline the truth behind the tree’s introduction, and why history has given credit to the wrong people for its introduction.

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About David Gedye

I studied Agricultural Botany at university and became a plant pathologist before working in a variety of roles in the agricultural industry, but my hobby interest has been gardening. In that context I follow in the footsteps of one of my forebears, a Victorian head gardener named Philip Frost.

As a child I was told he grew the first Monkey Puzzle tree to be grown in England. Researching that story and the history of the Monkey Puzzle became one of my passions which has taken me on an interesting journey.

My illustrated talks are based on my family story and my wider research into the history of the Monkey Puzzle's introduction into the British Isles.

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